Tuesday, July 31, 2012

God will make a way

Cast all your cares on Him; for He cares for you. 1Peter 5:7

Last Friday Pastor Massenat was called into a meeting by one of the pastors and a missionary who are overseeing the construction of the new orphanage site for Haiti Children’s Home.  The meeting was about Nivard Holiness Church being on the front corner of the property where the new orphanage is being constructed.  Pastor Massenat was asked to remove the church immediately but not later than 30 days as to not impede their progress with construction.  The two men went on to explain that if we didn't have a location for the church that we needed to tear the church down because the funding for the new orphanage has come in more quickly than was expected and the construction is moving forward at a very quick speed. While this is very positive for them and for the children and we praise the Lord for them; it presented a difficult situation for us.   We knew that at some point the church would have to be relocated but we were not expecting it so soon.

We went to prayer and contacted several of our faithful prayer partners to join us in prayer.  We did not have the funds to purchase any property and we didn’t have the funds to rent anything right now.  We sincerely did not know how the Lord was going to work it out but it was our prayer that we would be able to move immediately and not wait for the 30 days. 

Friday afternoon Pastor Massenat and his pastor friend, Pastor Jerome we on with their plans to visit homes; they were able to pray with several people.  Friday evening a prayer service was held at the church like usual.

Saturday morning Pastor Massenat called the people of the church together and explained that we needed to relocate the church as soon as possible.  He explained that it was his goal to move it before next Sunday.  He asked the people to join in prayer and help find land to rent for the church.  The people voiced their support and asked that we not consider closing the church.  They said they would help but we did not know what this meant.  One lady in the church came forward and offered to rent us a piece of property but we didn't know the price.  A man said the church could gather for worship under the trees in his front yard temporarily and the wood, tarp and tin from the church could be stacked in his back yard.  We saw things coming together but there was still so much to be done. 

The response of the people at the church has been overwhelming; very positively overwhelming.  We could have never anticipated the outpouring of support we are receiving from our precious church people through this time of transition.  Here the church is not yet one year old and the people are so dedicated. 
Sunday morning service went on a usual.  Two people had requested baptism so early Sunday a baptism service was held at the local river prior to the regular morning service.  Pastor Massenat announced that Sunday evening would be the last service held in the little church and future services would be under the neighbor’s trees in his front yard.  Sunday closed with a bitter sweetness; bitter due to the uncertainty but sweet because we know God is faithful, two new converts had publicly professed faith in Him through baptism and what the Lord had worked out already.    
Yesterday morning, Pastor Massenat was not even out of the house yet (5 miles from the church which means someone either had to walk or pay a taxi to get to him and for the poor people of the church this was a huge sacrifice) when a knock came on the door and he was summoned to the church.  When he arrived he found several people from the church already hard at work.  People of all ages, children, teens, adults and elderly had gathered since day break to start the hard work of clearing a place for the church; a field full of weeds and thorns but they were busy clearing it to make a place for their church.  Another group was at the church busily uprooting the humble tree stump benches to be transported.   A group of some of Haiti poorest, many with not a bite of breakfast but willing to do whatever they could to protect their church and keep the ministry going.

When Pastor Massenat walked up, the lady who had offered to rent the property said, "Pastor you can use the property now; you can pay me the rent as soon as you can.  We can't let the church suffer.   We want you here with us; we want the church to go forward. You can put the church up right away."  Pastor Massenat could not really find any words to answer her or express his gratitude for what she was doing.  What a sacrifice.  That field represents the food that would feed this woman's family over the next months and she was willing to make the sacrifice so the Lord's work can go on; willing to trust that she would receive the rent in time to care for her family.  The man who had offered his front yard under the trees is a carpenter and he was busy at the church, dismantling the things he built less than a year ago so he could transport them to the new location (everything had been built secured into the ground to keep them from being stolen). 

By noon yesterday, a large area had been cleared at the new location to allow the church to be put back up.  Pastor Massenat had nothing tangible to offer in return; the people were hungry, they were thirsty, the sun was hot but they didn't let that discourage them.  Pastor Massenat stood in amazement as he watched them break for 'lunch' and quietly walk to a stack of sugar cane that one of the men had cut from his nearby field.  This was to replace their main meal of the day, a stick or two of sugar cane and right back to work.  Finally, Pastor Massenat was so overwhelmed by the generosity and will of the people that he stepped way to call and tell me what was going on.  I listened and then the tears came and still do as I write this.  The sacrifice, the love, the desire of these people to keep the ministry moving forward is amazing.  Most of them have not been saved very long most of them just within the last year since the church has been there but already they have caught a vision to serve and give all they have to the Jesus. 
Please keep these dear people in your prayers and the future of the church; please help us pray about the $600US needed to pay for the rental property. 

God bless you. 

Mr. and Mrs. Michlet who have made
their property available for the church. 

1 comment:

lori moise said...

Please stay encouraged. We love you. Lori in Cazale